The Bureau of Land Management’s Moab field office has withdrawn a multi-year special recreation permit authorizing a private helicopter company to shuttle customers in and out of Mineral Bottom, south of Labyrinth Canyon and north of Canyonlands National Park in the Green River corridor.
As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s effort to find good homes for wild horses and burros removed from public lands, the agency March 12 began offering new financial incentives to encourage qualified people to adopt one or more of the animals. “The program is part of the BLM’s efforts to confront a growing over-population of wild horses and burros on fragile rangelands and in off-range holding facilities, which cost taxpayers nearly $50 million every year to maintain,” said a statement from the BLM.
The Raptor Inventory Nest Survey needs volunteers to become involved as citizen scientists in a long-term nest-monitoring project.
Two members of Congress Monday sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt requesting information on the Bureau of Land Management’s safety and environmental enforcement efforts. Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources also released a new Government Accountability Office report finding that the BLM has failed to complete internal control reviews at over 80 percent of field offices that manage oil and gas activities on public lands.
A 40 percent increase in visitors at the Sand Flats Recreation Area over the past couple of years made accessing the Fins & Things Trail a nightmare – and didn’t exactly thrill the campers at Echo Campground where it used to be located until this year.
The Bureau of Land Management seeks contractors for off-range pastures to provide a “free-roaming environment and quality care” for wild horses removed from Western public lands, said the BLM in a statement.